London: Lutz Meyer, Weber Shandwick's president of international operations, is set to leave the firm after 25 years.
Meyer will leave the Interpublic agency by the end of the summer for a position as partner and managing director of a Dusseldorf-based independent advertising and PR agency with a staff of 30.
He denied the move was prompted by Andy Polansky's promotion to worldwide president in March or the recent appointment of Tim Sutton as European chairman of Interpublic's Constituency Management Group (CMG), which includes WS.
"Andy Polansky is still settling in, but as all the markets report into Andy, there are areas of responsibility that I have been handling that he now takes on," said Meyer.
But Meyer said that after such a long stint at WS, the direction of his career was a bigger influence on his decision than the appointments.
Meyer said that he reports to CMG and WS CEO Harris Diamond.